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RAAF’s No 32 Squadron and AMTS receive new airborne mission system

12 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 12th, 2021 15:47)

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAFF) Number 32 Squadron and Air Mission Training School (AMTS) have received a new mission airborne training system (MATS).

RAAF’s No 32 Squadron and AMTS receive new airborne mission system
AMTS instructors Flight Lieutenants Sam de Boer, left, and Andrew Tyson conduct functional testing on the new Mission Airborne Training System. Credit: Squadron Leader Charles Tomlinson.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAFF) Number 32 Squadron and Air Mission Training School (AMTS) have received a new mission airborne training system (MATS).

The console-based airborne mission system for the KA350 aircraft is set to take navigation training in a new direction, reported RAAF Flight Lieutenant Julia Ravell.

MATS replaces a navigator training system that has been in use since the early 2000s.

It is developed by Jet Aviation in partnership with Sydney-based software company Cirrus and Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

The mission system received specialist design and technical input from the Institute of Aviation Medicine.

AMTS Squadron leader C Flight commander Charles Tomlinson said the way ‘navigators used to be trained involved a lot of paper maps and charts’.

Tomlinson said: “MATS is a very different system that allows us to inject training scenarios directly into the on-board console so trainees can fly realistic missions on a high-fidelity system, taking all the aircraft’s technical requirements into account.

“This is a comprehensive and immersive next-generation training system that sets students up for success, whether they go on to specialise in air combat, maritime or air mobility roles.”

The network-based platform is designed to augment training by providing customised options, diverse, dynamic and realistic mission scenarios.

It also offers instant feedback, realistic simulations and scope for detailed post-mission analysis.

Air Force Training Group Air Commodore Commander Gregory Frisina said: “It has taken a year, but it is awesome news that airforce training group now has a functional airborne training system that mirrors ground simulator systems.

“This system could also open the door for engagement with Indo-Pacific partners in accordance with airforce strategy.”